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Buddhism For Beginners by Thubten Chodron

By Thubten Chodron

This user’s advisor to Buddhist fundamentals takes the main frequently asked questions—beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?”—and presents easy solutions in undeniable English. Thubten Chodron’s responses to the questions that often appear to come up between humans coming near near Buddhism make this a very whole and obtainable introduction—as good as a handbook for dwelling a extra peaceable, conscious, and pleasing existence. Buddhism for Beginners is a perfect first e-book at the topic for an individual, yet it’s additionally an excellent source for pro scholars, because the question-and-answer layout makes it effortless to discover simply the subject you’re trying to find, akin to:

   • What is the target of the Buddhist course?
   • What is karma?
   • If all phenomena are empty, does that suggest not anything exists?
   • How will we take care of worry?
   • How do I identify a typical meditation perform?
   • What are the features I should still search for in a instructor?
   • What is Buddha-nature?
   • Why can't we take note our earlier lives?

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What is simple is infinitely subtle, what is simple is greatly delicate. There is a great subtlety, an infinite subtlety and delicacy, and if you use words merely as a means of getting to that delicacy, to that simplicity of thought, then I am afraid you will not comprehend what I want to convey. But if you would use the significance of words as a bridge to cross, then words will not become an illusion in which the mind is lost. I say there is this living reality, call it God, truth, or what you like, and it cannot be found or realized through search.

Most people seem to be aware superficially, not at the greatest depth. It is only when there is awareness at the greatest depth of consciousness, of thought and emotion, that you can discern the division that is created through influence, which negates understanding. QUESTIONER: After listening to your talk about memory, I have completely lost mine, and I find I cannot remember my huge debts. I feel blissful. Is this liberation? KRISHNAMURTI: Ask the person to whom you owe the money. I am afraid that there is some confusion with regard to what I have been trying to say concerning memory.

For most people it doesn’t change because change implies continual adjustment and, therefore, continual awareness of mind, and most people are concerned with the static condition of the environment. Yet environment is moving because it is beyond your control, and it is false so long as you do not understand its significance. Does environment include human forms? Why set them apart from nature? We are not concerned so much with nature, because we have almost brought nature under control, but we have not understood the environment created by human beings.

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